Thursday, 21 May 2015

PREVIEW: New-FM 1st Division Round 12


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1st Grade: Kahibah (3rd) v West Wallsend (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 3pm

No that's not a typo above, Kahibah are really in third place and have recorded five straight victories since picking up their maiden New-FM 1st Division scalp at Singleton a month and a half ago. The Green and Blacks are in some serious form and their defensive I think is up there with the best in the league after watching them put on a classy defensive effort against the Cookers last week.

West Wallsend hit some big heights early on in the season but ever since their 6-0 defeat against Valentine, the Bluebells haven't looked like the side that were competing for top spot in the early weeks of the season and losing to Singleton last weekend would have only dented the confidence even more for the 5th-placed West Wallsend.

This won't be an easy match for Kahibah but I think they're good enough to get over the line. As I mentioned they've got a very strong defensive line lead by captain-coach Andre Gumprecht and they'll be keen to make it six straight on the weekend and consolidate their spot in the top four. Who knows, if Valentine and Wallsend draw the Green and Blacks will suddenly find themselves four points off the top of the table.

My Tip: Kahibah 2-0 West Wallsend



Under 23's: Kahibah (6th) v West Wallsend (9th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 12:45pm

West Wallsend's 23's have picked up just two wins from nine starts and are most likely no longer in finals contention. They picked up a 3-2 victory at Singleton last week but I can't see them doing the same at Kahibah on Sunday. The Green and Blacks will want to get back to winning ways after going down to Cessnock on Wednesday night. It won't be one-sided by any means but I think Kahibah will be a tad too strong for the Bluebells here.

My Tip: Kahibah 3-1 West Wallsend



Under 19's: Kahibah (6th) v West Wallsend (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 11:00am

This is a tougher one to predict than the first two as these sides are evenly matched in the Under 19's. Looking at recent form they are very hard to split so I'm going to back the draw. Kahibah though did win 7-0 mid-week against struggling Cessnock so that is leaning me towards the home side. Still I'm confident in the draw.

My Tip: Kahibah 2-2 West Wallsend



Under 17's: Kahibah (3rd) v West Wallsend (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 9:15am

If anyone has a result from Kahibah's 17's match with Cessnock please let me know but based on recent form I'm going to tip the home side here. They're one of the best defensive sides in the whole New-FM competition and should be good enough to beat a decent West Wallsend side. It'll be a tight match but Kahibah I think will want to cement a top four spot with a win here. Of course they may have already cemented a top four spot with a mid-week win but the results haven't been posted yet.

My Tip: Kahibah 2-0 West Wallsend








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1st Grade: Cessnock City (10th) v Cooks Hill United (7th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 2:30pm

This is a very important game for both these sides. Cooks Hill need a win to return back to the form that almost saw them move into the top four whilst Cessnock will be looking over their shoulder after Toronto-Awaba picked up a win mid-week.

Cooks Hill were impressive in the early parts of their game at Thornton last night and were unlucky not to get closer to the Redbacks and maybe even scrap a draw. I think the Cookers should some real threat in attack and if they score first against the Hornets I can see them being too strong and putting a few more in.

Cessnock have conceded 14 goals in their last three outings and I can't back them to turn things around here. The Cookers need this win and there's no better time to do it than this weekend ahead of a crucial run of games. I'll be up at Turner Park so I'm hoping it'll be an entertaining clash.

My Tip: Cessnock City 1-4 Cooks Hill United



Under 23's: Cessnock City (2nd) v Cooks Hill United (7th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 12:45pm

I may try and get to Turner Park to watch this clash as it should be an entertaining one between 2nd-placed Cessnock and a Cooks Hill side that inflicted Thornton's first defeat of the season on the Redbacks last night. This is a danger game for Cessnock in my opinion.

Cooks Hill's 23's looked impressive in the second half last night and have a good mixture of experience and youth. There's a couple of overage players who really control the side and do a decent job at doing so. Cessnock have slipped up lately but bounced back to form with a win at Kahibah on Wednesday so it's a tough one to predict on Sunday.

As a Cookers man I'd love to tip the visitors and I think they'll take the fight to Cessnock but the Hornets will be looking to stay in touch with Valentine at the top and I think they'll just get over the line.

My Tip: Cessnock City 3-2 Cooks Hill United



Under 19's: Cessnock City (9th) v Cooks Hill United (4th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 11:00am

I received a message during the week from a Cessnock player describing the situation up at Turner Park and it's no surprise looking at the results so far this season that the 19's have been short of numbers in a fair few of their games this season and only had one player that was actually 19 in their game against Kahibah mid-week.

The Cookers have a couple of 17's playing up a grade and have done a very decent job at balancing the squad throughout the season. After re-entering the top four with a win at Kahibah last week, the Cooks Hill 19's were outdone by Thornton on Tuesday night. It's a crucial game for their top four hopes and I think the visitors will return to the winners circle here.

My Tip: Cessnock City 1-4 Cooks Hill United



Under 17's: Cessnock City (10th) v Cooks Hill United (4th)
Kickoff: Sunday 24/5 9:15am

Cessnock have struggled in the 17's and with a lack of numbers and several 16's stepping up to the higher grade it's been a tough season so far. It gets no easier on Sunday when a Cooks Hill side that scored six against Thornton on Tuesday night come to Turner Park.

It's a tight table in the 17's around fourth spot and the visiting Cookers will no doubt want to make the top four spot their own with a win against the Hornets on Sunday. I'm not sure if it'll be another heavy win for the Cookers but it should be another win nonetheless.

My Tip: Cessnock City 0-4 Cooks Hill United



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